Bartow players make impact at WWBA Championship
by Jason Greenberg
Jul 09, 2014 | 1202 views | 0 0 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
All 15 of the Bartow County baseball players participating in the Perfect Game World Wood Bat Association National Championship in northwest Georgia were in action Tuesday.

The 15 players are spread across six teams, three of which won Tuesday, including The 643 DP Athletics 17U Cougars, Titans Baseball, and Nelson Baseball School 17.

The Cougars feature Cartersville’s Lane Wilson, Wyatt Barnett and Jack Mayo. They defeated the SBA Canes out of North Carolina by a score of 7-3 Tuesday at Allatoona as both Wilson and Mayo contributed to the victory.

Wilson went 2-for-3 with two singles, including one in the fifth inning with the bases loaded, which eventually led to a three-run inning for the Cougars.

Mayo came on in relief in the seventh inning and closed out the game by retiring three of the four batters he faced. He allowed one double and struck out one. Mayo has now pitched two innings in the tournament, allowed two hits, no earned runs and has struck out two batters.

Georgia Highlands commit Tanner Thompson was the pitcher of record for the Cougars as the Woodstock High product took a no-hitter into the seventh. He allowed one hit in six-plus innings and struck out 13 of the 18 batters he faced.

The Cougars are now 5-1 and in first place in Pool EE. The winner of each eight-team pool will advance to the knockout round of the tournament. There are 30 pools in the tournament.

The Cougars will play Pony Express Baseball today at 12:45 p.m. at LakePoint. If they win, they win their respective pool.

Cass pitcher Bradley Hood also got the start for his team and left with the lead after three innings of work in Nelson Baseball School’s 12-6 victory over the East Coast Clippers from New York.

Hood has pitched six innings thus far in the tournament, which runs until 11. Hood has struck out eight batters, four in each of his two outings.

Fellow Colonel Chris Hill also is on the team after being moved up an age group from NBS’s 16U team. He has yet to make an appearance and Tuesday’s game was his first with the team.

NBS is now 4-2, still in striking distance with a game to go as the team sits in third in Pool P. NBS plays Big League Baseball Academy today at Kennesaw Mountain High at 2 p.m. BLBA currently sits in first place.

Titans Baseball, featuring Adairsville’s Sean McDermott and Woodland’s Hayden Siniard, also won its game today, defeating the Scorpions Orlando 2015 Purple by a score of 7-4.

Siniard pitched 2 1/3 innings in the victory.

Titans Baseball is now 3-2, but is no longer in contention for the top spot in Pool CC with one game remaining, which comes today at 7 p.m. at Cherokee High.